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Arts & Letters Live is a literary and performing arts series for all ages that features award-winning authors and acclaimed performers. Hosted by the Dallas Museum of Art, the series is noted for its creative, interdisciplinary programming - combining literature with visual arts, music and film. Coming up:
June 20, In honor of World Refugee Awareness Day Clemantine Wamariya chronicles war, displacement, and survival in her powerful memoir The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After. In 1994, six-year-old Clemantine and her 15-year-old sister, Claire, were two of the millions who fled Rwanda; they wandered through seven African countries for six years. With breathtaking clarity, she recounts the kindness and the cruelty they encountered. Wamariya now is a human rights advocate who has spoken at the United Nations, TEDxYale and elsewhere. Location: Horchow Auditorium, DMA
July 10 Francine Prose & Pamela Paul. Distinguished novelist, literary critic, and essayist Francine Prose celebrates the pleasures of reading in her brilliant collection What to Read and Why, highlighting the works and writers she admires above all others, from Jane Austen and Charles Dickens to Jennifer Egan and Mohsin Hamid. In Pamela Paul's My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues, the editor of the New York Times Book Review shares the stories that have shaped her life, meticulously recorded in her lifelong journal named "Bob." Location: Horchow Auditorium, DMA
The museum is at 1717 N. Harwood St. Information:

Through July 29 Laura Owens is the innovative painter's first major museum show in the United States since 2003. Challenging assumptions about avant-garde art and pop culture, as well as traditional painting and modern technology, Owens is a provocative artist, and this exhibition is the most comprehensive in her career to date. The DMA is at 1717 North Harwood St. Information:

Through July 31 The Kinetic Art of Lyman Whitaker, the Dallas Arboretum's summer exhibit, features spectacular hand-crafted wind sculptures by the most recognized creator of kinetic art in the world. Whitaker hand produces copper wind sculptures that are placed throughout, and juxtaposed with, the gardens. Each piece responds to the changing currents of the wind, creating movement that is sure to mesmerize. The Dallas Arboretum is at 8525 Garland Road. Information:

Sword ornament in the form of a lion, Asante peoples, Nsuta, Ghana, Africa, c. mid–20th century, cast gold and felt, Dallas Museum of Art, The Eugene and Margaret McDermott Art Fund, Inc. 2010.2.McD Through Aug. 12 The Power of Gold: Asante Royal Regalia from Ghana is a dazzling display of more than 250 gold items of regalia, silk kente cloth, ceremonial furniture and swords, and other gleaming objects of the Asante royals. Founded around 1701, the Asante Kingdom was a powerful force in West African history, and this exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art reveals its splendor and affinity for gold. The DMA is at 1717 North Harwood St. Information:

Through Aug. 19 A Tradition of Revolution explores artists' constant push to forge new paths over the last 150 years. As new ideas flourished in science and society, artists innovated in response – just as artists today continue to expand and question the boundaries of sculpture in a world that continues to evolve. This exhibition at the Nasher Sculpture Center ranges from the beginnings of Modernism to the radical experiments of today. It includes works never before seen at the Nasher, including several recent acquisitions. The sculpture center is at 2001 Flora St. in the Dallas Arts District. Information:

Through Oct. 1 First Ladies: Style of Influence at the George W. Bush Presidential Bush Center examines the role of the first lady - its development over time, and the ways first ladies have advanced diplomacy and social initiatives. Explore how acting as hostess, teammate and advocate has made real changes in our culture and politics. In addition to fascinating photos and historic documents, you'll see Eleanor Roosevelt's evening gown, Dolly Madison's snuff box and more. The Bush Center is 2943 SMU Blvd. Information:

Through Dec. 2 Murillo at the Meadows: A 400th Anniversary Celebration. December of 2017 will witness the 400th birthday of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617–1682), luminary of Golden Age Seville. The Meadows Museum is in possession of five of this star painter's works, more paintings by him than any other museum in the United States. This exhibition celebrates this painter by exhibiting the extraordinary holdings by Murillo at the Meadows together with paintings by his Sevillian contemporaries, thus resituating the artist within the artistic context with which he remains so intimately associated. The exhibition is at the Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Boulevard on the SMU campus. Information:

Michael Kabotie and Delbridge Honanie, Journey of the Human Spirit – The Emergence (Panel 1), 2001, Acrylic on canvas, Courtesy of the Museum of Northern Arizona © Gene Balzer Through Dec. 2 Hopi Visions: Journey of the Human Spirit at the Dallas Museum of Art features a mural painting by Hopi artists Michael Kabotie and Delbridge Honanie displayed for the first time outside of Arizona. The 48-foot-wide work was inspired by wall paintings preceding European contact, and it depicts the history of the Hopi people - from their mythic emergence, through the arrival of Europeans, to the rebirth of old traditions. The mural is complemented by ancient to contemporary objects from the DMA's collection. The museum is at 1717 N. Harwood St., a short walk from St. Paul Station. Information:

June 23-Jan. 6 Ultimate Dinosaurs at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is exactly what the name implies. Based on groundbreaking research, the exhibition reveals a new breed of dinosaurs that evolved n in South America, Africa and Madagascar. It's a fascinating study of species that are unfamiliar to most North Americans, and the ways that continental drift affected the evolution of dinosaurs. Highlights include 15 dinosaur casts, more than a dozen prehistoric specimens, lifelike recreations of the dinosaurs in the flesh, touchable fossils, play spaces for kids and more. This awesome exhibition is presented by the Science Museum of Minnesota. The Perot Museum is at 2201 North Field St. in Dallas. Information:

June 24-Sept. 23 At the Beach: Mariano Fortuny y Marsal and William Merritt Chase is at the Meadows Museum at SMU. The exhibition explores the influence Fortuny had on Chase by displaying the latter's Idle Hours - which is generously on loan from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth - next to the earlier, Spanish painter's Beach at Portici, recently acquired by the Meadows Museum. The two are shown together for the first time. Both artists had a remarkable talent for capturing light, whether it was on the coastline of Italy or of Long Island. Although the two painters never met, their artistic kinship transcended time and distance. The Meadows Museum is at 5900 Bishop Blvd. Information:

Target First SaturdaysJuly 7 Target First Saturdays at the Nasher Sculpture Center presents child-friendly programming from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and free admission for all until 5 p.m. Each month, families have the opportunity to focus on a "Big Idea," through a hands-on craft, take-home activity and a scavenger hunt. Discover and discuss each month's Big Idea on an interactive tour for the whole family. Exercise your detective skills to search the Nasher for art related to the month's Big Idea, and complete the hunt for a special prize. Express yourself by creating unique artworks connected to the month's Big Idea. Share in the joy of reading with storytellers from the Dallas Public Library. Join in the fun with an exciting, NasherKids Live! performance for families and young children. Live artist demos let you see how sculpture is made and feel the materials artists use at our live artist demos. Enjoy yoga with YogaSport among masterpieces of modern sculpture in the beautiful Nasher Garden. And when you're hungry, treat your little ones to kid-friendly NasherKids cuisine at Nasher Cafe.
July 7 Big Idea: Construction, Art Project: Build-it Boxes
The Nasher Sculpture Center is located at 2001 Flora St.

The Being Human Hall. The Perot Museum of Nature and Science unveils its first completely transformed exhibit hall since opening in 2012. There are twice as many interactive displays, tons of innovative content, and dozens of experiences offered in English and Spanish. Explore what it means to be human! Highlights include a rare display of a human brain with an intact spinal cord, and a virtual reality journey into the South African caves where anthropologists discovered a new human relative. Speak into an interactive device that lets you "see" your voice. Use your brain waves to fire off pulsing lights. And marvel at a dozen authentic stone tool artifacts, some more than a million years old, displayed by a replica of our famous relative "Lucy." The Perot Museum is at 2201 North Field St. in Dallas. Information:

Fierce Loyalty: A Samurai Complete is at Crow Collection of Asian Art. This permanent exhibition devoted to the art and culture of the Japanese samurai showcases one of the Crow Collection's most recent and spectacular acquisitions - a complete set of samurai armor, one of the finest examples of its kind anywhere in the world. The suit of armor was originally created for Abe Masayoshi (1700–1769), the daimyo (a powerful landholding ruler) of Bingo province from 1715 until his death. In addition to components crafted by the best metalsmiths of the day, the armor includes a hoshi kabuto, or traditional Japanese helmet, made by the renowned armorer Neo Masanobu. The Crow Collection of Asian Art is located at 2010 Flora St. Information:

Trinity River Audubon CenterFree Third Thursday Discover the Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 Great Trinity Forest Blvd. Admission to the center is free on the Third Thursday of every month. Enjoy activities from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring your lunch, and enjoy the shady riverbend picnic site, overlooking the Trinity River. Information: 214-398-TRAC (8722) or

Dallas Arts District First and Third Saturday of every month The Arts District Architecture Tour. Presented in partnership with the Dallas Center for Architecture, this 90-minute Dallas Arts District architecture walking tour is led by a trained tour guide and will examine buildings from the 1890's to the present day. You will explore the architectural detail of the District as well as the institutions, individuals and visionaries who are a part of this fascinating story. Tours are held on the first and third Saturdays of each month, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the ceremonial entrance to the Dallas Museum of Art (Flora and Harwood). The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and is held rain or shine. More information:

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